Astrid y Gastón, Lima
Praised as one of the world's most innovative chefs, Gastón Acurio has established outposts of his restaurants in Madrid and Santiago. In a colonial-era house, traditional dishes like roast suckling pig with tacu-tacu (Peru's version of beans and rice) get a modern twist. Lima-born Acurio’s menu is full of surprises: a “shot” of sea urchin emulsion mixed with cappuccino; spicy rabbit spring rolls. Plus, it has the city’s best selection of Latin American wines (try the Uruguayan Pisano Tannat).
From the From the May 2008 Food & Wine Go List
Peru-based superstar restaurateurs Astrid and Gastón Acurio's fast-growing global empire has made its way to Santiago, and it has already built a huge following in this city. The location is somewhat staid—a colonial mansion on a residential street—but Peruvian chef Oscar Gómez (who cooked at the original Astrid y Gastón branch in Lima) realizes the Acurios' vision in his beautiful preparations of internationally inflected Peruvian cuisine.
We loved: Mussel soup with cilantro sauce.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.